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Crockpot Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Posted By: Allie
Jun 22nd, 2010

1 can cream of chicken soup
5 C chicken broth
5 C water
1 C diced celery
1 C chopped carrots
2 C cooked chopped chicken
2 4oz. Pkgs long grain and wild rice mix with seasoning packets

Combine all ingredients in a large crockpot. Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours or until rice is done.

*I did mine a little differently but it still turned out yummy. I didn't have chicken broth so I just boiled some chicken legs in water until cooked. Then removed the meat and put the bones back in to continue boiling while i prepared everything else. I halved the recipe because my crockpot isn't that big but I still used a whole can of cream of chicken soup and I used my chicken stock instead of the broth and water (about 5 cups). I really liked this and so did the kids.

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Strawberry Days Parade

Posted By: Allie
Jun 22nd, 2010

I took the kids to their first parade and they loved it. Kaden got a bit antsy before the parade started and wanted to walk around. Thankfully we didn't have to wait very long. They started out with police motorcycles driving by with their sirens on, which instantly caught Kaden's attention. He just loved all the police cars and fire trucks. Kairi loved it when horses went by. She would get a huge smile and start talking and pointing at them.

I was a little annoyed at the kids around us who ran out and grabbed every single piece of candy thrown by us, Kaden didn't even have a chance. One piece even landed right at his feet and he goes to pick it up only to be dissapointed as another kid snatches it away. Kaden saw all the kids around him eating candy and he kept asking me for some, so I started grabbing them before other kids could.*Note the picture of Kaden below, the kids counting all the candy in their hands and Kaden watching, so sad.

Then Kairi started getting hungry so we left a little early to go eat. I'm planning to take them to the steel days parade if anyone wants to join me. July 10th at 9:30 a.m.

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myndi Wrote: Jun 23rd, 2010
Grr, that makes me so mad that the other kids would take candy that Kaden was bending down to pick up. How rude! Maybe we will join you for the other parade. I don't work until the afternoon.
Bee Hive

Posted By: Allie
Jun 15th, 2010

We were in the backyard playing in the sprinklers when I glanced across the yard and noticed a swarm of instects around a pine tree. I could only think; bee hive. And I'm 99.9% sure im right. I don't want to get close enough to make it 100%, but I think my pictures are proof enough.

As you can see from the last picture, it really isnt that far from where our kids play. (It's the pine tree in the middle.) Far enough that I don't think they'll randomly attack us when we are outside, but i'll feel a lot safer when we get our fence so I know our kids wont accidentally provoke them. Wonder if our HOA would do anything about it. Perhaps I should bring it to their attention.

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Posted By: Allie
Jun 15th, 2010
I took Kaden back to the Doctor for a follow-up. Yes he has asthma. I don't know a lot about asthma so I guess I'll be reading up on it for a while. Hopefully; now that we know, it will be a lot easier to avoid future scares like the last one. He has to take his inhaler twice a day until he is three. Then we will re-evaluate it and see if it's still needed or if we need to change anything.

Kaden with his inhaler and Kairi being cute.

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Peanut Butter Middles

Posted By: Allie
Jun 13th, 2010

1-1/2 C Flour
1/2 C Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 C Sugar
1/2 C Packed Brown Sugar
1/2 C Butter
1/4 C Peanut Butter
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Egg

3/4 C Powdered Sugar
3/4 C Peanut Butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. In a large bowl, beat together the sugars, butter, and 1/4 cup of peanut butter until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla and egg. Slowly mix in the flour mixture. Set aside.

For the peanut butter filling, combine powdered sugar and 3/4 cup peanut butter. Beat together well. Roll filling into 30 small balls. Try to keep the balls all the same size; around 1 inch.

For each cookie, use 1 tablespoon of chocolate dough and roll into a ball. It helps to flour your hands first. Squish the ball of chocolate dough flat and place a peanut butter ball in the center. Wrap the chocolate dough up and around the peanut butter ball to completely cover. Place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Dip the bottom of a glass into sugar and use the cup to lightly flatten the cookie balls. Bake for 7-9 minutes.

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heather Wrote: Jun 29th, 2010
i Looovvveed these!!!
Playing Outside

Posted By: Allie
Jun 11th, 2010
It's been nice enjoying the warm weather before it gets too hot. The kids want to be outside all the time, even if there isn't anything to do, they just love being outside. It was a little windy when we went out, but it felt nice.

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Family BBQ

Posted By: Allie
Jun 11th, 2010
My sister Liz came to visit for Memorial Day weekend and the whole family got together for a BBQ. She lives in New Mexico now and we are lucky to see her once a year. This was her first time meeting Kairi and cousin Jaxon.

Shawn and Tonya

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